24 responses to 10 views of Big Valley, Pennsylvania
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    Michelle V from FL
    Comment on 10 views of Big Valley, Pennsylvania (March 16th, 2011 at 05:12)

    Good Morning Everyone !
    Erik these pics are amazing. I love them! In the first(top) one you can see a reflection in the window ooohhh kinda creepy but nevertheless quite beautiful all of them are in their extravagance of simplicity. Look out Bill Coleman.(heehee)
    Thanks “E” , I got my fix for a little while, BTW you are right about the weather here in July – thank goodness for the beaches :)

    Hope your day is full of Peace & Happiness!
    Michelle

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      Linda
      Comment on Reflection (September 21st, 2014 at 22:43)

      Reflection

      The reflection or image of the woman looking out of the window in the first photo was the first thing I noticed.
      Very interesting……..

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    Alice Aber
    Comment on 10 views of Big Valley, Pennsylvania (March 16th, 2011 at 06:37)

    Greetings!!

    Erik these pictures are absolutely gorgeous!! You have made me homesick though. They remind me a lot of the area surrounding my hometown, Port Jervis, NY. At least like it was back when I was a kid, its all over sized now with city folks moving up to the country and commuting to work via train back to the city. I have not been back east in 12 years. :-(

    Beautiful, beautiful!!! I especially like the last one, reminds me of the hills around back home.

    Blessings, Alice

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    Marilyn in New York
    Comment on 10 views of Big Valley, Pennsylvania (March 16th, 2011 at 06:44)

    Good Morning,
    Those pictures are beautiful. Wish I was there to see them. Makes you want to get in the car and drive to Lancaster County. When I use to vacation and visit friends in Lancaster-I wish I knew then what I know know. Know that I know more about the Amish, I would enjoy it more.
    Marilyn

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    Robin Miller
    Comment on 10 views of Big Valley, Pennsylvania (March 16th, 2011 at 07:31)

    Beautiful pictures … I especially like the one of the mother tending her garden and her precious little girl looking on. The children are precious!

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    Richard
    Comment on 10 views of Big Valley, Pennsylvania (March 16th, 2011 at 07:32)

    Good morning folks… Michelle V from FL is right, i do see a refection of a person in the first image, maybe the person who was taking the picture maybe?.And in the 4th image, that house really looks pretty big, must have a large family in there.And Erik i didnt see your comments at the end of the “leaving the Amish paradise” post regarding if and when there going to show the series here in America?.And if not would you show it on your site . Thanks Erik. Richard. Pennsylvania

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    Dana
    Comment on 10 views of Big Valley, Pennsylvania (March 16th, 2011 at 07:57)

    Beautiful and neat.
    Thanks

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    Comment on Location of Nebraska Amish in Big Valley (March 16th, 2011 at 08:44)

    Location of Nebraska Amish in Big Valley

    The Nebraska Amish live up towards the central-northern part of the valley, and I started way at the top and made my way down to the southern, or I guess southwestern end. As you go down you get into the areas with the Renno and Byler Amish. I do wish I had gotten better shots of the blue doors which you see everywhere at Nebraska Amish farms. The patches of snow really made things look nice though.

    Glad you’ve enjoyed the photos, this was just a great day. Not a windy one like with the Lancaster photos, but a wintry one.

    Richard on the documentary, I don’t know if and what the air dates will be in the states. From what I understand though, I believe BBC is going to enable worldwide access to its online videos, so maybe that will be one way to view it, will let you know if I hear.

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    Comment on Face image in window (March 16th, 2011 at 08:49)

    Face image in window

    By the way it’s interesting you all noticed the face image in the window in the first photo.

    As I was putting this together I noticed it too.

    When I look close or even enlarge the original photo I can’t tell for sure where it comes from–I don’t think that was a person there though. Michelle you are right, kind of eerie.

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    Lindsay
    Comment on 10 views of Big Valley, Pennsylvania (March 16th, 2011 at 16:08)

    Erik, do Nebraska Amish refer to themselves as Nebraska Amish as well?

    I always find it funny there is a group named after my home state that don’t live there but in PA. Funny too that Nebraska (the state) is very conservative as well, just like this group!

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    Robin Miller
    Comment on 10 views of Big Valley, Pennsylvania (March 16th, 2011 at 16:41)

    Lindsay, are there Amish communities in Nebraska? I never realized there were so many different communities outside of Lancaster/Lebanon Counties in PA until recently with all the different buggy styles. I only thought they were all grey, like those in “PA Amish Country” and Southern Maryland where I grew up. Erik, any explanation for the different buggy styles and colors? Also, notice that the ladies'”kapps” are different styles outside of my more “familiar” Amish areas.

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    Debbie Welsh
    Comment on 10 views of Big Valley, Pennsylvania (March 16th, 2011 at 18:45)

    Hi Everyone. Nice photos Erik!

    Does anyone know of a nice roadside motel-other than the typical chains-in the Big Valley area? My husband & I are planning to go out there in May for about 5 days and there only seems to be a few chain hotels around Lewistown, and of course up at State College. Would appreciate any other tips or info about the area, as well. Thanks!

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    Slightly-handled-Order-man
    Comment on 10 views of Big Valley, Pennsylvania (March 16th, 2011 at 21:05)

    That window thing is kind of creepy. It is neat what glass can do to a person’s camera or even a person’s eye. Could be mistaken for a ghost. Hopefully the family that lives there isn’t superstitious!

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    Comment on 10 views of Big Valley, Pennsylvania (March 17th, 2011 at 02:57)

    Lindsay, yes unless there is another term they would also use. In the Amish Almanacs they are referred to as “Nebraska”. The name came from an early Bishop who had led a church for a time in Nebraska.

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    Comment on 10 views of Big Valley, Pennsylvania (March 17th, 2011 at 03:17)

    Robin, Amish have never had a huge presence in Nebraska, but there are currently 2 very small communities in the state, in Knox County and Holt/Antelope County. Probably not more than a handful of homes in each.

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    Comment on 10 views of Big Valley, Pennsylvania (March 17th, 2011 at 03:21)

    Debbie, I don’t know much about the motel/hotel situation in the Valley but Claudia Myers who sometimes comments on this site runs a Bed and Breakfast in the Valley.

    You can see her comments on this post: http://amishamerica.com/two-views-of-big-valley/

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    Comment on Why are Amish buggies different colors? (March 17th, 2011 at 03:26)

    Why are Amish buggies different colors?

    Robin, your second question about buggy colors will make even Amish scratch their heads.

    There is some speculation about the origins of some of the colors (if I remember correctly I think it’s said the Byler Amish yellow top may have come from a material commonly available at the time) but I don’t know that I’ve seen a lot of great indisputable origin stories (though someone else might be able to give you a better answer here; I haven’t done a ton of digging on the topic).

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    Robin Miller
    Comment on 10 views of Big Valley, Pennsylvania (March 17th, 2011 at 08:35)

    Thanks Erik … I find the buggy styles interesting too. They yellow is rather sporty! :-)

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    Lindsay
    Comment on 10 views of Big Valley, Pennsylvania (March 20th, 2011 at 11:10)

    Erik, there is also a settlement in Pawnee County, unless that one has dissolved in the past year or so? I found a pdf document online as of Nov 2010 there are 19 Amish families in Pawnee County…not large, but the article seems to indicate it is growing. When I’m back home in May I may take a trip down there and check out the settlement (if it is still there).

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    Lindsay
    Comment on 10 views of Big Valley, Pennsylvania (March 20th, 2011 at 11:15)

    I also found this article too, though it’s a year old:

    http://journalstar.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/article_aec8e234-2007-11df-bb41-001cc4c002e0.html

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    Comment on 10 views of Big Valley, Pennsylvania (March 20th, 2011 at 14:21)

    Hi Lindsay, very well might be one in Pawnee Co, do you know the town it’s near?

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    Lindsay
    Comment on 10 views of Big Valley, Pennsylvania (March 21st, 2011 at 10:12)

    Pawnee City would be the town. It’s the same area the first group of Amish settled in the late 70’s, but they left only after a few years (apparently due to the schooling issue). I also heard mentioned some families settling near Table Rock, NE which isn’t that far but I can’t really confirm on that point.

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    Bob Rosier
    Comment on 10 views of Big Valley, Pennsylvania (April 16th, 2011 at 19:14)

    Hi Lindsay. I had always wanted to someday visit the Nebraska Amish in Nebraska, then realized they were here in Pennsylvania. There are some Amish in Nebraska, so I guess that is why I had made the wrong assumption. I am going to the Big Valley next Wednesday. Thanks Erik for the Big Valley pictures. Looking forward to our trip. Warm regards to all, Bob

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    Comment on PA Amish in Nebraska? (April 18th, 2011 at 17:48)

    PA Amish in Nebraska?

    Bob glad to hear it, let us know how the trip goes. What we need next are “Pennsylvania Amish” in Nebraska. Actually off the top of my head I do not know the origin of the Amish currently in Nebraska, doubtful it is PA but wouldn’t it be funny.

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